Review: Babylon's Falling
R. Gustason, 11 Oct 2011
Babylon's Falling by William G. Collins
This book was a pretty easy read. It flowed well and the story was engaging. If you've ever read one of the 'Sons of Encouragement' books by Francine Rivers, this story has the same feel. The author does a good job using relevant historical facts found outside the biblical narrative to help flesh out the story of Daniel and the captivity of Judah by Babylon and subsequently by Cyrus and Darius of the Persian Empire.
The story begins at the fall of Jerusalem and the forced dispersion of the Judaeans. The southern kingdom's king and his royal household are hauled off as slaves. During the months it took to reach their new home of Babylon with it's famous hanging gardens Daniyyel (as it's spelled in the book) learns the language of his captors befriending a captain of the guard in the meantime. He soon proves to be a valuable asset and works his way into a position as an apprentice in a school for seers and advisers to king Nebuchadnezzar
Collins then beautifully illustrates life in Babylon and the eventual progression of Daniyyel's career to the governor of all of Babylon answerable to the king alone. The book traces through the first six chapters of the book of Daniel as found in the Old Testament. He uses creative license well, using much from what is known of the culture of Babylon and later the Persia-Mede Empire. All of the dreams mentioned in the book of Daniel are retold in Babylon's Falling as well as the tests and triumphs of the fiery furnace and the den of Lions.
If I had one critique of the book, it would be the editing. There were a couple instances of grammatical error such as a repeated word which was overlooked by the editing team. I'm not sure if this was because I received the book before the general populous for the purposes of reviewing Babylon's Falling, or if it was just a shoddy job of editing. Either way, the editing leaves some to be desired. The creativeness of recasting the story of Daniel was flawless however and made for an enjoyable read and I recommend it to those who enjoy this sort of historical fiction.
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